Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Book Review: Happy Cooking by Giada De Laurentiis

Disclosure: I was provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 

I believe that cooking needs to be done with a happy heart. If you're cooking in a bad mood...the food will taste bad. Better to just call for take away.

And yet with so little time in our busy lives, preparing a healthy, happy meal in a pinch can be difficult. 

Sensitive Skincare for Baby #WaterWipes, #IC #ad @WaterWipesUSA

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Babies so wonderful at bringing out our best selves. Their smiles warm our hearts, their giggles give us pause.

We can't help but want the best for our babies.

Baby's beautiful skin deserves the best, too.

Oh Baby!
Both of my babes have sensitive skin to this day, so I am constantly on check when it comes to the ingredients in body care products. One little irritant can spell big skin trouble for my two. Since day 1, I've had to read the ingredient label on each and every product very carefully. Anything with a fragrance, perfume or certain chemical could set off their skin. I realized this the hard way with both kids: I used wipes that contained irritating chemicals, and a bad case of diaper rash ensued. We all know that an irritated baby is an unhappy baby which equals a crying baby and an unhappy mama. From that day forward to today, I am careful to inspect the ingredients list. Certain chemical products used on my kids' skin can cause major irritation, so I make sure to buy skincare products that only contain natural ingredients.

That's why I'm so pleased to see that WaterWipes has finally made its way to the US. 
WaterWipes is a premium European brand. These chemical free baby wipes contain only two ingredients: 99.9% purified water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.

These wipes are just as durable and effective as standard wipes, but they don't contain any harmful chemicals. I use them with my own little one because I know they simply won't irritate her sensitive skin. Plus they don't have that strong "fake" smelling fragrance that my little one just doesn't tolerate. They're a safer, natural option for your little one. If you have trouble with diaper rashes, you may want to consider the switch to WaterWipes. Use them for your baby, for your toddler, even for your school age kids that need a little extra help in the bathroom department. These are also great for on the go: since they're so natural, you can even use them for wiping baby's hands when you're on the go. 

WaterWipes are chemical free, so they don’t contain preservatives. The package will keep for up to 15 months before it is opened. Once you open your WaterWipes package, you'll need to use the pack within one month. Also, WaterWipes are not interfolded, to maintain the sterile environment within the package. It's recommended that you do not relocate the wipes in an alternate container. 

You can find WaterWipes in the babycare section of your local Meijer. Don't have a Meijer in your area? Use this tool to find where you can buy WaterWipes in your area.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Review: The Time Garden: A Magical Journey and Coloring Book by Daria Song

Disclosure: I was provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are as always my own.

In case you haven't heard, adult coloring books are all the rage right now. I know, I know - the thought of sitting down and coloring.... um.... haven't done that since I was about six years old. If I have a moment of free time, coloring just doesn't spring to mind.

Monday, October 19, 2015

HP Social Media Snapshots Review - Plus a Special BOGO offer! #StickAPic @Staples#sp

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with HP and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Are your family photos lost in cyberspace? Posted on social media to be long forgotten into the recesses of the internet?

I am so excited to share about a new app that makes photo printing so. much. easier. And a new printing paper product that promises quality prints of all your favorite snapshots. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Boo Boo Monster Bandage Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: Special thanks to Gotta Bandage for sponsoring this post. 

Bumps, scratches and bruises are a part of life when you're an active hiking biking, camping, family. Here's a cute new set of bandages for your little monsters: Gotta Bandage

Are you used to creepy, gory monsters that give you the heebie-jeebies and frighten the daylights out of your kids? Fear not, because Boo Boo Monsters are here! Cover up cuts and scrapes while making new friends. A modern spin on classics, Boo Boo Monsters are cute, approachable and fun-loving… anything but scary. Wear them all, watch them GLOW and have fun!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cardinal Health™ Hospital Quality at Home™ #BringTheCaringHome #IC #ad

Disclosure: Cardinal Health sent me this product to try, and donated to a charity of my choice.

With two kids, including a teen boy rides a bike to and from school daily, it's inevitable that we deal with bumps, bruises and scrapes. Just last week, my son fell off his bike and we had a badly scraped knee on our hands. With so many families dealing with home care issues - of kids and ageing parents - obtaining the best medical supplies for home care proves a difficult task. There's nothing quite like bouncing from pharmacy to drugstore in search of the right products, among a sea of varieties and brands, when you're in a pinch and just want to get home to care for your loved one ASAP.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Review: Owls by Matt Sewell

I recently received a review copy of Owls, by Matt Sewell, a lovely, illustrated guide to owls around the world.

I'm captivated by owls. Yesterday, I visited Cosley Farm in Wheaton, where a Great Horned Owl was perched, noble and wise, on a branch. They are such beautiful, magnificent creatures. It's no surprise to me that they are so celebrated in stories and myth. The Pawnee tribes of the Great Plains, for example, viewed owls as the symbol of protection from any danger within their realms.

In this lovely, whimsical, illustrated guide, British artist Matt Sewell captures fifty species from around the world. You'll find owls of every size - from the Eurasian Pygmy Owl to the Great Gray Owl - and age - from fluffy babies to wise old owls. The pop-art watercolours and fun texts make this book a wonderful coffeetable read. Owls seem to fit into the fall season for me at least, and I like reading about an owl or two from this book everyday as I enjoy a warm cup of tea from my comfy living room sofa. Guests to my home have also enjoyed this book. Though it would make a lovely gift for the bird-watching enthusiasts in your family, everyone - children, adults and art and design fans alike - will appreciate this thoughtful tome on one of the most interesting, complex and beautiful bird species.

Owls by Matt Sewell is available on or at your local independent bookstore.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's that time of year again! Time for your flu shot! #NoTimeForFlu #spon

Disclosure: Special thanks to CVS Minute Clinic for Sponsoring this Post

It's that time of year again! Time for your flu shot!


Who has the time or the energy to deal with the flu?

Just do it!

The Flu Shot is a Must-Do for our family. We get our flu shots every year, and luckily, we have never been hit with the flu in our family. Thanks to our nearby CVS Minute Clinic, we can pop in for the flu mist. It's affordable and convenient, leaving no excuse to not be vaccinated against the flu. Frankly, I don't understand folks that refuse this vaccination, and usually I suggest they read up on the history of pandemic flu